The plant in 1970

Total Lubricants announces expansion plans as company marks 50 years of blending at Ferrybridge

Total employees in 1993

Published:  19 August, 2020

Total Lubricants  is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Ferrybridge blending plant during August, and  has unveiled plans to develop and expand the West Yorkshire site.

Planning permission has been granted and work is due to commence in 2021. The plan includes developments using renewable energies and optimisation that will modernise the manufacturing process and increase the efficiency of the site. Total Lubricants’ blending plant in Ferrybridge currently employs 90 staff.

Anna Whitehouse, VP of Operations, Western Europe at Total Group and former General Manager of Total Lubricants’ Blending Plant in Ferrybridge, said: “It has been a privilege for me to be part of the 50-year history of Total Lubricants in UK. Everyone concerned can be proud of the past and confident for the future, knowing that the business can, has always, and will continue to adapt in line with market changes.”

John Ryder, General Manager of Total Lubricants’ blending plant in Ferrybridge, added: “As the only major energy company to still have a blending operation in the UK, we are in a strong position for the future due to the proximity to our customer base. The investment underlines our commitment to the Yorkshire region and the UK market, and we are pleased to make this announcement on the 50th anniversary of blending at Ferrybridge.”

Blending in the UK since 1970, when Total purchased the grease plant from TH Newsome, Total Lubricants operates  in over 130 countries worldwide and selling over two billion litres of product each year. Total is the only integrated oil company which still manufactures lubricants in the UK, and offers a range of engine oils, transmission and hydraulic oils, greases, and coolants. 

Employees in 1918

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